Imagine a strange parallel universe in which Brian Wilson has been born and raised in Halifax. In it he has forsaken the West Coast of America for West Yorkshire. And he has written a song called ‘Calderdale Girls’ and dedicated it to local siblings Esme and Sid Hand-Halford in anticipation that one day they will get together with their friend Henry Wade – surely so much more Al Jardine than Mike Love – and form a band called The Orielles.
Fast forward fifty years into reality and The Orielles are now channelling the spirit of the Beach Boys’ tortured musical genius through their vibrant sound. From Malibu to Mixenden they have carried the primary elements of sun, summer and surf with them. And somewhere along the way they have managed to immerse themselves in some garage, soul, the sweetest of 60s girl groups, the concept of riot grrrl and the great feminist movement alongside a growing familiarity with the techniques of fuzz guitar, reverb and the great avant-pop melody.
And all of this comes gift wrapped and quite perfectly formed on The Orielles’ latest Extended Play recording. Jobin comprises three tracks that don’t even bother stretching beyond the eight minute mark in total. But when you have successfully distilled the essence of most everyone from the Beach Boys to the Breeders, The Shirelles to the Spice Girls and Blondie to Bikini Kill into your new record why the hell should you care how long it is?
The Jobin EP is released on 1st April 2016 through the DIY label Art is Hard. It is available HERE as a 7″ flexi-disc featuring lead track Jobin, a 20 page colouring book zine illustrated by Alex Gamsu Jenkins and a download code for the full 3 track EP.
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